So much of the ethos of “being American” links migration to liberation. But have those of us for whom these are not our ancestral lands lost something through our ancestors’ migrations? If so, what? Does “nuestra tierra” have any kind of significance for a contemporary cis-gendered woman of Northern European descent?
Donor conceived children, for a variety of reasons, often feel estranged from their roots. Genetic relatives can estrange themselves from their family of origin. What is the spiritual cost, what is the legacy of all of this migration and estrangement?
Resmaa Menakem says that “Black bodies were deliberately presented as straw men for white bodies to blow their ancient historical trauma through. What had been white-on-white (or, ussually, powerful-white-on-less-powerful white) trauma was transformed...into white-on-Black trauma, which was then institutionally enforced.” He writes about how this created a “false settling” in the bodies of poor white Americans. What has hundred of years of this “false settling” done to our sense of connection to our ancestral identities, our communities, our selves?